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Companies G. I. and K., 4th U.S. Infantry

 
 
4th U.S. Infantry Tablet image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, April 6, 2008
1. 4th U.S. Infantry Tablet
Inscription.
U.S.A.
Companies G. I. and K., 4th U.S. Infantry.

Lieut. C.H. Carlton, Commanding.
September 17, 1862.

Between 3 and 4 p.m., of the 17th, the 4th U.S. Infantry took position on the right (north) of the Boonsboro Pike, near the Bloddy Lane.

Companies G. I. and K. under command of Lieut. Carlton, were advanced as skirmishers, their left resting on the pike at this point. The right extending northwardly across open ground in the direction of Piper's Lane.

In this position they engaged the Confederate skirmishers at a rail fence, 75 yards distant from the center of the line.

The center was enfiladed by canister from the enemy's guns on Cemetery Hill, south of this road, and suffered severely.

About sunset the skirmishers were withdrawn and rejoined the regiment which then recrossed the Antietam.
 
Erected by Antietam Battlefield Board. (Marker Number 78.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Antietam Campaign War Department Markers marker series.
 
Location. 39° 27.68′ N, 77° 44.383′ W. Marker is in Sharpsburg, Maryland, in Washington County. Marker is on Boonsboro / Shepherdstown Pike (State Highway 34), on the right
Tablet next to the Boonsboro Pike image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, April 6, 2008
2. Tablet next to the Boonsboro Pike
when traveling west. Click for map. Located at the entrance to the parking lot for the Antietam National Cemetery. Marker is in this post office area: Sharpsburg MD 21782, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Battle of Antietam, September 17, 1862 (within shouting distance of this marker); 1862 Antietam Campaign (within shouting distance of this marker); Jones' Battalion, Reserve Artillery (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Reserve Artillery (about 500 feet away); Squires’ Battery, 1st Company Washington Artillery of New Orleans (about 700 feet away); Unknown Union Soldiers of the Irish Brigade (about 700 feet away); 4th New York Volunteer Infantry (about 700 feet away); Washington Artillery, Longstreet's Command (about 700 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Sharpsburg.
 
Also see . . .
1. Antietam Battlefield. National Park Service site. (Submitted on April 13, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. 4th U.S. Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade, 2nd Division, V Corps. Lieutenant Carlton was a 1859 graduate of West Point. He later commanded the 89th Ohio Infantry Regiment in the Western Theater. He had a long post war career, eventually retiring with the rank of Brigadier
4th Infantry Skirmish Line image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, April 6, 2008
3. 4th Infantry Skirmish Line
From the high ground north of the Cemetery parking lot, looking back to the southeast. The modern Boonsboro Pike runs across the frame. The old road bed is a few yards to the south of that. The skirmishers from three companies of the 4th U.S. Infantry advanced directly up the slopes here. With their left flank (along the road) refused, the skirmishers confronted Confederate artillery batteries positioned on the high ground, not far from the where this photo was taken.
General. (Submitted on April 13, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 773 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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